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Welcome to Columbus ...

The town of Columbus is located in Polk County<1> and is the County Seat for Polk County.

The pronunciation of Columbus: ko-LUM-bus<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Columbus has a population of 994 people<3> (see below for details).

We don't have a date for the establishment of Columbus.

Columbus is 1,070 feet [326 m] above sea level.<4>.

Time Zone: Columbus lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

Columbus lies within the (828) area code.

The ZIP code for Columbus: 28722<5>

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Columbus had an population of 994 people. This is a decrease of 0.5% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 0.2% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Columbus had a population of 999 people. This makes Columbus the county's 2nd most populous community.

The population of Columbus represents 0.01% of the total population of North Carolina (which has 9,535,483 people), making it the state's 335th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 999 people, the population of Columbus has remained roughly the same as the 2000 Census (with a count of 992 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Columbus.

Communities Also Named Columbus ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 35 communities that are also named Columbus - they are located in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois (2), Indiana, Kansas (2), Kentucky (2), Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico (2), New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Ontario (3), Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Columbus.

Communities near Columbus ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Columbus.

  • Hendersonville [Henderson County]
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    • Hendersonville [Henderson County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<6> to the west of Columbus
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 14,235 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hendersonville
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hendersonville<7>
  • Forest City [Rutherford County]
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    • Forest City [Rutherford County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<6> to the east of Columbus
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 7,138 people
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    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Forest City<7>
  • Spindale [Rutherford County]
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    • Spindale [Rutherford County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<6> to the northeast of Columbus
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 4,175 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Spindale have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Spindale<7>
  • Rutherfordton [Rutherford County]
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    • Rutherfordton [Rutherford County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<6> to the northeast of Columbus
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 4,090 people
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    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Rutherfordton<7>
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Flat Rock [Henderson County]
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      • Flat Rock [Henderson County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<6> to the west of Columbus
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,408 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Flat Rock have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Flat Rock<7>
    • Landrum [Spartanburg County]
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      • Landrum [Spartanburg County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<6> to the south of Columbus
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,725 people
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      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Landrum<7>
    • Inman [Spartanburg County]
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      • Inman [Spartanburg County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<6> to the southeast of Columbus
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,480 people
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      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Inman<7>
    • Laurel Park [Henderson County]
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      • Laurel Park [Henderson County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<6> to the west of Columbus
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,339 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Laurel Park have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Laurel Park
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Laurel Park<7>
    • Lake Lure [Rutherford County]
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      • Lake Lure [Rutherford County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<6> to the north of Columbus
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,153 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lake Lure have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lake Lure
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lake Lure<7>
    • Saluda [Henderson County]
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      • Saluda [Henderson County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<6> to the west of Columbus
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 703 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Saluda have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Saluda
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Saluda<7>

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Columbus. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Columbus.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Columbus. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Columbus.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Columbus. See our Newspapers Page for Columbus.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Columbus ...

Looking for more information about Columbus? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Columbus, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Columbus.

Adding Columbus to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Columbus in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Columbus was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found Columbus on a map titled Rand McNally Map of North Carolina (1911).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Columbus on our Genealogy Page.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Columbus. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Polk County: www.polknc.org

The official website for State of North Carolina: https://www.nc.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of North Carolina's counties, including Polk, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>The pronunciation we've provided is our attempt to give a phonetic pronunciation for Columbus. While it might not be exactly right, hopefully it will be close. If we have it wrong or there's a better way to pronounce the name, please contact us through our Feedback Page.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Columbus.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Columbus - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a town (such as Columbus). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Columbus or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<6>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Columbus) to Point B.If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Columbus. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from ColumbusOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Columbus. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 35.2529, Longitude: -82.1975    
<7>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<8>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.






















 

 

 

 

 


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